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Sometimes People March by Tessa Allen explains why people have used their right to free speech to demonstrate for change in America beginning with the New York Newsies strike in 1899. This picture book provides historical context for the current political climate in the United States with beautiful inclusive illustrations.
— Rachel Watkins
Fall 2020 Kids Indie Next List
“The perfect book for this moment in time! Sometimes People March is a thoughtful overview of the ways and reasons people march. It eloquently examines this important aspect of free speech in an accessible way that speaks to the heart of movements.”
— Jill Burket Ragase, Blue Manatee Literacy Project Bookstore, Cincinnati, OH
With a spare, inspiring text and gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this is a timeless and important book for activists of all ages. This hardcover picture book is perfect for sharing and for gifting.
Sometimes people march to resist injustice, to stand in solidarity, to inspire hope.
Throughout American history, one thing remains true: no matter how or why people march, they are powerful because they march together.
“Debut author-illustrator Allen illuminates the motivations for protest marches. Contemporary issues are highlighted (systemic racism and police brutality, climate change, Black Lives Matter, the March for Our Lives) as well as historical protests (the women’s suffrage movement, the Delano grape boycott). Allen shows that advocacy does not have an age limit.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
“Allen presents an accessible introduction to political protest: ‘Marching is something people do together when they want to resist injustice.’ Spare prose informs on the necessity of rallying and communal allyship, with graceful allusions to significant historical events from 1776 to the present.” — Publishers Weekly(starred review)
“A warm, inviting introduction to protests and demonstrations, nicely pitched to the youngest of readers and ideal for starting conversations about current events.”